LIGHTHOUSE OF THE BIG BEND JOB DESCRIPTION TRANSITION SPECIALIST TITLE: Transition Specialist IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Assistant Director BASIC FUNCTION: Provides instruction to high school students who are blind and visually impaired in adaptive travel skills, personal and home management, communications, social services, recreation/leisure, and vocational skills. The primary goal of this position is to provide the highest quality instructional services possible to assist teens who are blind or visually impaired with “transitioning” to independence whether a job or college. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Travel within the eleven county area served by the Lighthouse to provide services to students who are blind in their school, home, work, or group setting as required; Assist in the development of and teach the Transition curriculum which includes but is not limited to the following: Independent Living Services, Vocational Services, Braille, Keyboarding and Computer Technology Training, and Orientation and Mobility Services; Conduct comprehensive functional assessments to identify each student’s immediate and long term goals, and utilize assessment to develop individualized training plan with the student and parents/care-givers; Provide center-based, outreach and itinerant instructional services appropriate to the assessed needs and goals of the student; Develop and coordinate the implementation of the training plan, curriculum, and lesson plans; Teach a variety of experiential classes during the daily Summer Transition Program, (June – August) both at the facility and off-site as required; Facilitate the individual’s and family’s psychosocial adjustment to blindness; Participate in any Transition Services team meetings with the Division of Blind Services (DBS) and other providers including the school systems in each county to ensure the comprehensive delivery of services; Communicate with other instructors, supervisors, and staff regarding client progress and provide written documentation as requested; Prepare correspondence, reports, and other required case management information that are clear, concise, behavioral, objective, measurable, and reflect functional outcomes related to instructional process; Identify and acquire additional instructional materials to support the Transition curriculum as needed; Participate in available continuing education and staff development opportunities; Promote community education and awareness through public speaking, community committees, and consultations; Contribute to continuous programmatic quality improvement by innovating and/or seeking opportunities to promote professional growth; Participate in agency activities and events as appropriate and necessary; Adhere to the “Rehabilitation Teaching Code of Ethics” which is included in the Lighthouse’s Personnel Policy; Perform other duties as assigned. POSITON REQUIREMENTS: Required relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Visual Disabilities or in a related field (e.g. Special Education, Education, Occupational Therapy, etc.); Prefer certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), and/or eligible for TVI certification; Prefer certification in Orientation & Mobility, and/or eligible for certification; Prefer expertise with assistive technology such as screen magnifiers, screen readers, note taking devices, Braille translation software, refreshable Braille displays, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required; Ability to take initiative and work independently required; Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and Internet required; Must be age 21 to be able to rent cars; Level 2 background check.